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Today we are pleased to introduce you to the latest (and may actually be their greatest) single from I Am a Rocketship. Today (via this feature), the American-Swedish electro pop / indie rock duo are making it known that they are gearing up for their new album Lies and Legends, which is slated for release in November,
And the single in question – suitably called ‘Fever Dream’, the accompanying video will get your blood pumping and what a soundtrack this is! Based in Atlanta, the duo of Eric Weissinger and L E Kippner are once again in our headlights and earbuds, of course! This powerful track is superb in every respect and its intensity reflects the heightened frustration and emotion that is running across all states right now, not only in the USA but everywhere. Here they mix smooth impressionistic lyrics and rock guitar with a dash of Dirty South beats and psychedelic bombast. The pair offer an impeccable performance, making you want to hear the full album!
Both raised on folk and classical music, the two later discovered bands such as Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine, Massive Attack and Sigur Ros. Suckers for a pop hook, I Am a Rocketship is a self-contained duo, who write, record and create art and videos without the involvement of other contributors. Despite their folk and classical preference, it can be said that this band is highly recommended if you are into such artists as The Kills, Phantogram, The Ting Tings, Garbage, Feral Five, Curve and Failure.
The new ‘Lies and Legends’ album is their most ambitious collection to date. These ten songs are about the appeal, in trying times, of lies and legends over reason and love. They give people hope, a feeling of belonging, and frequently, a license to do terrible things in the name of their belief.
“When facts are scary, people turn to belief. I guess these are songs about faith, how it can be comforting, but blinding,” says guitarist and programmer Eric Weissinger.
All the music on the ‘Lies and Legends’ album was recorded on a notebook computer during early 2021 – a very productive year for the band given the amount of time spent under lockdown, with late 2020 also bringing their ‘oRAnGE’ EP, a release laced with frustration, sadness and rage over the rise of authoritarianism and accelerating environmental collapse.
Earlier, I Am a Rocketship released their ‘Ghost Stories’ LP (April 2020), ‘Mind Grafitti’ (2019) and debut offering ‘Mission Control’ (2016).
Eric Weissinger used to back up various artists, opening for bands such as The Wedding Present, The Black Crowes, James, Cracker and Portastatic. But everything changed thanks to a chance meeting with L E Kippner – cellist, scientist, radio DJ and singer for Swedish synth-pop duo Neobox. At first forming Hitchcock Blondes in Ohio, they relocated to Atlanta for a fresh start as I Am a Rocketship.
‘Fever Dream’ is out on Friday as an instant grat track for those buying the full album ‘Lies and Legends’. The long-player will be released on November 11 and can now be pre-ordered directly from the artist via Bandcamp
01. Fever Dream 5:24
02. Revolution 3:31
03. Stone 5:10
04. Taxman 3:32
05. Set The Controls to Forever 5:38
06. Insurrection 4:13
07. What’s this for 5:05
08. On poppy hill 6:08
09. Ignorance 3:13
10. Hide 3:04
Written and performed by Eric Weissinger and L E Kippner
Recorded at The Barry Patch by Eric Weissinger
Video created by Eric Weissinger and L E Kippner
©2021 My Long Wknd, LLC, except ‘Taxman’ written by George Harrison ©1966 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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